The working groups’ major objective will be to find out challenges and engage government officials with their private sectors counterparts in discussions with the aim of finding lasting solutions that will make Tanzania a business friendly country.
Speaking during the launching ceremony held in Dar es Salaam, ambassador Kijazi said task forces would have role of engaging experts in finding out challenges and discuss them in detail before they are presented to TNBC.
“I have launched four task forces which among them will involve business environmental issues, industries, forestry and agriculture. The task forces will go a long way in uncovering challenges and bring feedback to TNBC for policy changes,” he said.
He said that relations between the public and private sector was key in ensuring that all the challenges are discussed and solved harmoniously by both parts and this, he added, would result in to economic growth.
“The government will receive and work on all the proposals that will be brought to TNBC by the team of experts within these task forces, in some matters that do not need policy reforms. Therefore you can make decisions on your own to save time,” he told the experts.
He emphasized that discussions should be open, free and friendly, calling on officials who feature in the task forces to forget about their job titles and private sector counterparts to forget about their wealth, be humbled and objective in the execution of the tasks ahead.
“These task forces should go through present policies, guidelines and laws in a bid to come up with proposals that will improve the investment climate in the country,” he said.
He added that there has been a bombardment of complaints on fees, authorities entrusted with regulating businesses and various other challenges in putting up businesses in the country, pointing out that it is important to come up with proposals in those areas.
“The fifth phase government has been able to reduce some of the challenges including numerous levies, it is my hope that even the remaining challenges will be solved to fast track the growth of our economy,” he said.
Ambassador Kijazi called on the agriculture task force to pay attention on the pillars of agriculture first and make a review on Agriculture Sector Development Programme phase Two (ASDP- II) and come up with proposals on its implementation.
“Our prime objective is to achieve the fifth phase’s objective of middle income and industrialised economy by 2025…,” he said.
On his part, the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) chairman, Salum Shamte hailed the government for the move, saying that the formation of such task forces had shown the good will in improving environment climate in the country.
“We have been impressed by the measures being taken by the government, we will give utmost cooperation to these task forces and we know that the outcome will be significant in amendment of policies and laws,” he said.
The chairman of business environment working group who is also the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Officer (Policy and Coordination), Prof Faustin Kamuzora said he will work firmly in collaboration with fellow members in the task force to come up with proposals that will help improve business environment in the country.